PITTSBURGH The Bruins just keep on making statements about how good they can be.
The Bs went into a road against the Pittsburgh Penguins looking to measure themselves after taking 13 wins in 14 games, and they tossed down another dominant performance in a 3-1 victory over the Pens at CONSOL Energy Center.
The Bruins still trail the Penguins by a point in the Eastern Conference standings, but it was a large statement to the rest of the conference and league about the true Beast in the East.
The Bruins battled through the first two periods with a game Penguins unit, and the difference again in this game was their depth. Gregory Campbell opened up the scoring in the second period from a nice Daniel Paille feed from behind the net, and Rich Peverley set Benoit Pouliot up for a glove-side one-timer that handed Boston a two-goal lead.
Tyler Seguin added a one-timer on the power play for his team-leading 13th goal of the season in the opening two minutes of the third period to give Boston their necessary insurance tally. It was a team-wide victory, however, as the Bruins killed off a pair of 5-on-3 advantages for the Penguins and Tim Thomas was brilliant while making tough stops within his 26 saves for the evening.
Given good health and a high dose of confidence, there doesnt appear to be many weaknesses in the Bruins game right now. Matt Cooke managed a goal late midway through the third period, but that was it for Pittsburgh.
BRIGHTON, Mass -- Life as an emergency practice goalie can be pretty rough.
Take, for instance, Mass State Trooper Keith Segee, who has suited up a couple of times for the Boston Bruins this season during times of need, and did exactly that during Wednesday’s optional practice for the Black and Gold.
Segee got caught with a Zdeno Chara cranked slap shot right in the family jewels, and then had to walk…er, crawl it off like any normal human being would after getting bombed by a guy that can shoot it 108-mph.
“He’s got the hardest shot of anybody I’ve ever seen,” said Segee, with a smile. “I had to take two or three laps around the rink after that one and skate it off.”
Give Chara credit for moving right over to Segee and giving him a tap on the backside for skating it off, and risking life, limb and perhaps a lot more to stop a few pucks for the Black and Gold.
Segee played at Revere High and Salem State College before joining the Mass State Police, and got the emergency gig through Bruins goalie coach Bob Essensa when Boston needed a practice goalie at the end of last week in Tuukka Rask’s absence.
Let’s hope Segee is okay at this point, or the Bruins captain could be looking at a few more moving violations in his future.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while gearing up for the last couple of weeks.
*The Edmonton Oilers will return to the Stanley Cup playoffs this season as it looks like Canada will be well-represented once again after last year’s absence.
*Let’s meet the man behind the push to bring the NHL to China, and introduce the game to billions of people.
*Eric Staal is enjoying his second act with the Minnesota Wild, and even better he’s totally flourishing there as well.
*Let’s hear it for the US Women’s team that stuck to their guns and got an unprecedented deal with USA Hockey that will allow them to focus on winning for the next four years.
*PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jason Brough has Steve Stamkos “really close” to a return for the Tampa Bay Lightning, in a concerning development for the Boston Bruins’ playoff hopes.
*Apparently things are getting a little heightened with the Los Angeles Kings as some of their prominent players skipped a media session in Calgary.
*For something completely different: Let’s hear it for the best news of the day, the Cash Cab is coming back.